Combine 1/2 cup sugar and water (or OJ) in a small saucepan.
Bring to a simmer on medium heat and whisk until the sugar is dissolved.
Meanwhile, place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet.
Remove from heat and gently stir in the cranberries.
Let sit for 5-10 minutes.
Strain the cranberries in a small colander.
Carefully place the cranberries on the parchment paper and ensure they are separated.
Dry at room temperature for 45 minutes (or a few minutes more if needed).
Place the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar in a bowl.
Roll the cranberries several at a time in the sugar to coat